St. Paul, Minnesota (May 15, 2017) – Jobs for Minnesotans today shared the following statement in response to the release of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program:

“The release of the draft environmental impact statement for the Line 3 Replacement Program is an important milestone for safe energy transportation in our region. We have a common interest with the Department of Commerce and Enbridge in protecting the people, communities and waterways of Minnesota while efficiently delivering the energy our residents and businesses rely on every day. This thorough document is a positive step toward achieving that goal and engaging stakeholders in the regulatory process,” said Nancy Norr, Jobs for Minnesotans board chair and Minnesota Power director of regional development.

“The Line 3 Replacement Program will support more than 1,500 Minnesota construction jobs. These are jobs that sustain families, putting food on the table and creating opportunities for the next generation of our workforce. We’re pleased to be one step closer to realizing these important economic returns,” said Harry Melander, Jobs for Minnesotans co-founder and president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council.

“Enbridge has a safe track record and is a great example of a good corporate citizen. The company is prepared to invest $2.1 billion in Minnesota during the course of this project. These are dollars that will benefit our state’s economy and our people,” said Doug Loon, Jobs for Minnesotans board member and president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

About Jobs for Minnesotans
Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on


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